Prayers for Pets

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Join us in our Prayers for Pets across the world. We hope you enjoy these prayers and poems for the pets that are no longer with us or who need our help. If you would like to make a dedication for a loved one, please visit our pet memoriam pages for more details.

Dog Attack on Sanctuary Goat

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Buffy is a gentle, kind natured goat who has been in the sanctuary for the past eight years.   She was placidly grazing but is in a bad way now though because a dog has got over the fence and savaged her.   Her leg and shoulder have been ripped open and the wound is down to the bone.  The vet has told us that another fraction and he would have had to put her to sleep.

She can’t stand or put her leg to the floor and  we are very worried about her.  Only the heroic action of our neighbours, James and Jenny, saved Buffy’s life.  Thank you so much for your bravery. James was bitten by the dog as he pulled it off her.

We do not blame the dog – only the owner who could not or would not keep his dog under control.   He watched poor Buffy being savaged.  His dog was untrained and out of control and would not come back to him.

All dogs should be trained, obedient and socialized with all other animals.   There is no excuse for not doing this.   When walking through farmland or anywhere there are animals please keep your dog on the lead.   This would not have happened if the owner had done this.

We ask for your prayers for Buffy, we are so worried about her.

A poorly little dog

dogs - little billy 4In dogs, as well as humans, health is everything.  We take it for granted until it breaks down.   This is Little Billy, an elderly and poorly Jack Russell, who has been brought in to us because his owners, who have their own health problems, can’t cope with him any more.   He’s been unwell for a long time and has been treated with tranquilizers (diazapam) and steroids.   He’s been getting worse and becoming more distressed, he’s started to howl for long periods and has become incontinent.

Little Billy has Lupus which is a disease of the immune system.  His body has broken down and the skin around his eyes is raw and looks horrific.  When he first came in he looked very miserable.  Lupus can cause the nose and skin in other areas to be raw too.   Little Billly’s condition is challenging but he is such a sweet little chap and we have seen other dogs improve dramatically with a holistic approach.  The other option was for his owners to have him put to sleep, the howling especially was a big difficulty and a sign of extreme unhappiness.   They have another dog and the two of them do not get on.  This may have been making Little Billy worse.  Feeling unhappy can be a cause of ill health.   We’ll make him comfortable (one of our specially cosy duvet beds) and put him on an organic diet.  We’ve stopped the tranquilizers, they aren’t doing him any good anyway.  He’s having lots of love and holistic treatment – it may not work but we’ll give it a try.dogs - little billy 2

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Get well Little Billy ……..recovery prayers please …….

Operation day for Jack Spratt

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No breakfast for Jack Spratt this morning – it’s the day of his operation.  The vet has diagnosed testicular cancer but is hopeful that he will make a good recovery.  He can’t be sure until  he’s done the operation though.   We’re giving Spratt lots of fuss and reassurance, he’s a plucky little chap and if any dog can pull through it will be our little  Spratt.  He’s been promised his own special lunch box for when he comes home – he loves sandwiches and always begs when our volunteers are having their snacks.   We’ll have to give Miss Nolene some extra special fuss, she doesn’t like to be separated from her pal.  We know he’s in good hands at Spire Vets but still, it’s a worrying time.   Special good thoughts and prayers please ……..

Krystal may be time to say goodbye


Krystal 9 copyKrystal has never been the same since she was attacked and blinded.  Her right eye had to be removed when her skull was fractured.  This lovely gentle pony has been nervous since she lost her eye – she has had to leave a sheltered life.   More recently she has developed Cushing’s disease and been on medication which has helped a lot.   We thought we had it beat but perhaps ponies develop resistance to the drugs, anyway her condition has worsened and she has once again become lame and out of sorts.

The farrier came last week to see if there was anything he could do, Krystal has laminitis (fever in her feet) although she isn’t overweight, it’s part of her illness.  The vet has put her on pain killers and these are keeping her free from discomfort for the time being, it’s only temporary relief though..

Although her legs are sound and she is otherwise in good health, this serious illness is diminishing the quality of her life.  It’s so sad, she is well apart from it, even her teeth are good. Dental problems are the number one killer of old ponies, if they can’t eat, it’s all over for them.  That isn’t so with Krystal, she eats well but has to have a special diet because of the laminitis so she can’t go out to graze with the other ponies as she would like.

When the vet comes back, we have to prepare ourselves for what he is going to tell us about the future of this much loved sanctuary pony.   We don’t want her to be in pain but having her put to sleep will be heartbreaking.  Prayers for Krystal please.

Prayers for Badgers

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Last night two badger cubs came snuffling round our yard, looking for left over dog food.  It was magical to see them.  Sometimes on the lane in the very early morning we see an adult strolling along, dad maybe.   Our badgers are safe unlike the poor creatures who are now being killed – the badger cull has started today.

Despite overwhelming scientific evidence that vaccination works and is more effective and the many volunteers who are ready and able to catch the badgers and give them their inoculation, the government has decided to send marksmen out to slaughter them.

This is to protect the dairy industry and the farmers who make their living from producing milk from cows.  It’s worth remembering that cow’s milk is designed to rear a calf to maturity.   It is not naturally intended for humans.  If you like to drink milk here are many types with great benefits – goat’s milk, almond milk, soya milk, oat milk etc.

We do love cows though and wish for them a natural life.   It’s sad that with the current farming trend for keeping them intensively, profit has to come first.

Our prayer:   An end to the badger cull.  A change of heart by the government.   A programme to vaccinate the badgers against T.B.

Sad day for badgers

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The badger cull begins today and it’s a sad and cruel time for these beautiful wild creatures.  A vaccine is available and there are plenty of volunteers who will ensure that it is given.   Once again, money and the farming lobby is given priority over wildlife.   Milk production in this country is a huge industry with ‘factory farms’ on the agenda.

Why do we need all this milk?   Cow’s milk is intended for calves and there is debate over whether it is good for humans anyway.   A cow is a maternal animals but when her calf is born it is taken away so that she can be machine milked for the supermarket chains.    She will never see her calf again.   Cows are forced into higher and higher milk production and instead of a long life they are worn out within a few years and then are slaughtered.

Whilst once milk was a rich food source for malnourished, starving children, it is not necessary today.   We have become used to buying these cartons of cow’s mammary secretions though.   The badgers are being slaughtered so that milk can go on being produced and farmers can make money from the poor cows.

Please pray for the badgers and for the cows, most of whom have such an unnatural life.

Prayers for a baby squirrel

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Every little life is important on this planet that we all share.   We are all part of the same matter and share the resources all around us.   This beautiful baby squirrel is lost and away from his mother and the place he knows as home.   Let’s send him all our good thoughts and prayers and hopes that he will regain strength and grow and thrive and all our love to this tiny squirrel.

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Baby squirrel rescue

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A baby squirrel was brought in today, he was found wandering around in a garden, looking lost.  He’s underweight and clingy, so keeping him warm and getting him to eat are our priorities.  Alright, he’s a grey squirrel and some people regard them as a pest.   We don’t though – all that matters is that he’s a baby creature who needs our help.  It’s always touch and go at first with these tiny animals away from their mom and in a different environment.  Prayers please and hang in there, little fella.

Pigeon rescue

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He’s badly injured but lucky to be alive, this poor pigeon was lying in the road with cars whizzing past him.   No one bothered to stop and he was within seconds of being run over.  A terrifying experience for him. When we picked him up he didn’t put up any resistance, his injuries probably look worse than they are but he is in shock.His wings and legs seem alright but he has lost a lot of blood and is too stressed to move.

We’ve patched him up and put him in a darkened box next to the radiators.   He’s warm and dry and safe.  We’ll leave him to be quiet and recover and check on him again in an hour or so..

Prayers please for this beautiful bird.

Prayers for horses

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The cruelty inflicted on animals by humans seems without limit.   Today we focus on horses – noble animals who are sensitive, intelligent and beautiful.   They build up rewarding and enduring relationships with people, they are vegetarians and do not cause injury or act with malice to any other species.

In their natural state they like only to be left alone, to live their lives in peace.

That so many are killed worldwide in such cruel and shocking conditions is a shame on the human race.  If we cannot treat our fellow creatures with respect and kindness what does it say about us?

Yet the focus of the news is not on the suffering involved or the terror these poor horses feel, but on whether the supermarkets should label their minced up meat burgers differently.  Why would anyone want to eat moshed up animal flesh from an unknown origin and that has been manufactured in a factory?   How could it be wholesome?  The horsemeat is said to have come from all over the world.   Such suffering is involved and it ends up plastic wrapped in a hyped-up package in a supermarket freezer.

The scandal, according to the news, is that the burgers have been wrongly described!!!   The scandal is that horses, who have been the saviour and companion of mankind for thousands of years, should be so cruelly treated.

If anyone wants to eat a burger, why not buy a small piece of meat from a local butcher, where you can see exactly what it is and find out where it has come from – locally is best.  To mince it, mix with breadcrumbs, herbs and spices and sizzle it in a pan, only takes a few minutes.   Straightforward food.   We would rather not eat dead animals, the world is full of delicious alternative food of vegetable origin.  Better for you too.

But it’s time to say our prayers for the poor horses, who die in such a horrific manner.   Please let us focus on the thought that eating horses is unacceptable ….. that horses should be treated with kindness and respect ….. that they are never sold for meat …… that more horses are able to lead a natural life.

Let’s pray that more people learn to appreciate their desire for freedom, their spirit, their gentleness and beauty …… to have a horse for a friend is one of life’s great gifts.

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